Town of Emmitsburg
300A S. Seton Ave Emmitsburg, Maryland


                                                 Town Manager's Report

                                                     December 2009

                                               Prepared by David Haller


  • Staff repaired several street lights. 

  • Staff installed and repaired several street and stop signs.

  • Staff hung Christmas decorations.

  • Staff and contractors plowed snow and staff treated streets and alleys.


  • Rainbow Lake is now at the spillway level. 

  • The roughing filters are now being backwashed twice per day and the DE filters are being done once per week.

  • Staff has replaced the heater on the generator at Well No. 3.

  • Water production and consumption.  We produced and purchased an average of 320,940 gpd.  We consumed an average of 286,534 gpd.


    • The difference is "Backwash Water" ...(10.7%). We purchased 370,400 gals. of water from MSM this month.

    • 43.8% of this water came from wells. 

    •   3.7% of this water came from Mt. St. Mary's.

    • 52.5%  of this water came from Rainbow Lake. 


  • The overland and flow treatment system has been shut down for the season.

  • Staff has switched out the old motor with the spare in Pump No. 2 at the wastewater pumping station.  The spare motor will be rebuilt and placed in reserve.

  • We received about 7.2 inches of precipitation this month (the average is 3.3 inches)


    • We have a precipitation surplus of 6.3" over the last six months, the average precipitation for the period from July 1 thru December 31 is 21.9".  We received 28.2" for that period.

  • Wastewater Treatment:


    • We treated an average of 925,000 gpd (consumed 286,534 gpd) which means that 69.0% of the wastewater treated this month was "wild water". 

    • We experienced two spills of untreated sewerage during the month of December, both at MH-98.  The pumps couldn't keep up with the high flows.  Dec. 9 - 3,300 Gals. and Dec. 26 - 15,300 Gals.

  • We exceeded the plant's design capacity on 11 days during the month of December:

                    12/02    1,505,000 gpd               12/14       812,000 gpd

                    12/03    1,184,000 gpd               12/25    1,883,000 gpd

                    12/08    1,030,000 gpd               12/26    4,620,000 gpd

                    12/09    2,569,000 gpd               12/27    1,592,000 gpd

                    12/10    1,059,000 gpd               12/28       919,000 gpd

                    12/13    1,073,000 gpd 


  • Trash pickup will remain Mondays for the remainder of Month of January.


  • Staff performed the monthly maintenance inspection.

Meetings Attended:

  • 12/02  Lincoln Avenue Project Progress Meeting

  • 12/03  Met with Glessner Alarm Company related to Building Security Issues in the Community Center                   

  • 12/08  BOCC Fire Tax Meeting 

  • 12/09  Frederick County Chapter of the MML Meeting Related to the County APFO

  • 12/11  Frederick County Chapter  of the MML Annual Legislative Meeting

  • 12/15  Met with a Future Purchaser of the Hobbs Property Related to Future Improvements to the Property

  • 12/16  Lincoln Avenue Project Progress Meeting

  • 12/16  Met with an "HR" Consulting Firm Related to Services Available

  • 12/17  Met with the Town Attorney Related to Contractor Issues at the Water Treatment Plant 

  • 12/22  Met with the Fire Company Related to the New Proposed Fire Tax Rates

list of prior months' Town Manager's reports